"As each of us - securities professionals, corporate executives, investors, government regulators, and private citizens - struggles with the challenges facing the securities industry, it is key that we bear in mind the role which those markets play as an element in our overall social fabric. In our economy, the securities markets serve as the vehicle through which capital is channeled from private hands into what are, ultimately, national priorities - the creation of jobs, the provision of equipment and facilities necessary to produce the goods and services which define our standard of living, and the assurance of economic security for our citizens. In that sense, it is not an overstatement to say that the securities markets are at the heart of our society."
- Harold M. Williams (Address to the Securities Industry Association, December 1, 1977)
There are close to two hundred items in the museum directly related to the tenure of Harold Williams, Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission between April 1977 and March 1981. Below, you can listen to Chairman Williams' personal oral history interview from January 2006. You will also find photos, speeches, and letters, all of which provide a window into his governance and regulatory philosophy and priorities, and the economic and political climate of the time. Dozens of additional items that shed light on his chairmanship may be found in the museum with a simple name search.
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